Open Thread

Ted Cruz got himself into some trouble – he described the 1/6 people as terrorists. This, as it turns out, wasn’t the first time he had done so. He had first done it back on 1/6/2021. It probably passed unnoticed in the hubbub of the time. But on 1/6/2022, it was a massively bad misreading of the room. It could very well sink his political career.

I’ve been saying for years that for Republicans the prime rule is to never speak ill of other Republicans. There is no upside to it – this is because the Democrats never speak ill of their own. Not in any real sense: they circle the wagons or remain silent when one of theirs does something wrong. Only when really pressed on it will they actually condemn a fellow Democrat who has gone wrong and it is usually just the once and as a precursor to an attack on Republicans. What must be discarded is any sense that Democrats have morals – a sense of honor, of patriotism, of some shred of concern for something outside their desire for power, money and position. They don’t have such. And, so, joining them in condemning a fellow Republican means you’re just helping amoral cretins win the battle. Don’t do it.

This does not mean everyone has to approve of all actions by all Republicans everywhere. It just means don’t attack them. If you feel a strong desire to attack a Republican who has done something wrong or stupid, attack a Democrat instead. Use that to get the urge out of your system.

This is especially true right now where the base of the GOP feels certain it was cheated out of 2020 victory and is equally certain that at least some elements of the GOP helped the Democrats to steal the election. Joining the Democrats in an attack on ours merely tells the base that you are not on their side – and that is a deadly thing to do right now. Ted Cruz may still be able to get himself out of this – he’s a clever man. But he’ll have to make a firm assertion that he’s on the side of the base – his best route to this is to admit he was wrong to call the 1/6 terrorists and to then condemn the treatment of the 1/6 detainees. As a matter of simple justice, they must be released forthwith – given that Antifa is almost entirely skating for massively worse actions all through 2020.

Meanwhile, the Democrats also completely misread the room: they and their MSM lapdogs treated the anniversary as if it was a 9/11 of Pear Harbor remembrance: something that is viewed almost universally the same by almost all Americans. But at least half – and perhaps much more – view 1/6 as the righteous anger of people who have been pushed around for too long. Their ceremonies looked ridiculous…and people are far more concerned with high gas prices and empty store shelves.

There’s a Progressive lady on Twitter who has been essentially live-streaming her red-pilling. She still claims the Progressive mantle, but as her city of San Francisco has become unlivable, she’s giving voice to rational criticisms of the Progressive policies which have wrecked the city. To her most recent thread, I noted that consciously or not, the rulers of San Francisco have adopted the Marxist-Leninist legal dogma that all crime is the result of an unjust system – that if you are robbed, then it is you who are the criminal as you have benefited from the unjust system. The robber is just redistributing your ill gotten gains. Lenin’s infamous phrases, “loot the looters” and “who whom?” are being put into effect – that last bit is his requirement that we take into consideration not the crime, itself, but who is committing the crime and against whom. My wonder: will more Progressives wake up as the Twitter lady has? If so, elections going forward can get very interesting.

Georgia is launching an investigation into ballot harvesting. My guess: the Powers that Be there realize they messed up by allowing the steal in 2020 and are trying to mend fences with an infuriated GOP base.

I got an account on Gettr: the latest entry to replace Twitter and Facebook. Of all of them, Gettr is by far the best – still not nearly as much traffic as Twitter, of course, but very easy to use…and they claim they won’t be banning people for giving Progressives hurt feelings. We’ll see. Meanwhile, the word is that Trump will launch his social media ap in February.

12 thoughts on “Open Thread

  1. Tim January 7, 2022 / 4:45 am

    After all this time, I get a notification from B4V. Why?

    • Mark Noonan January 7, 2022 / 2:15 pm

      My fault! Had some trouble getting into my drafts as I went to post this and so I hijacked an ancient draft from Matt…it probably had notifications set on it that I didn’t see. Welcome back!

  2. Tim January 7, 2022 / 4:50 am

    As far as the Senator goes, he is a non-entity to me. I am certain that he will show his true colors as time passes. This is the way of all politicians. Authoritarian power is what they want and what the seek.

    • Amazona January 7, 2022 / 12:41 pm

      I think the only fallout from these mistakes will be to damage any hope he might have retained about running for the presidency. I think one can be an effective legislator and still make stupid comments like this, but they should disqualify him for the presidency.

      Let me restate that. I think he’d be a hell of a president, but I think this would sink a campaign.

      And go back a little to, maybe, possibly, find the origin of his antipathy toward the January 6 mob. He fought so hard to apply truth, reason and justice to the election outcome. He was tireless in his advocacy for election integrity. He totally devoted himself to the issue of trying to resolve the mess of false certifications and was in the process of having a very good chance at succeeding. I believe that he was in the fight heart and soul, and he was actually in the process of achieving success in persuading Congress to simply postpone its certification. And then Trump’s big mouth and ego in trying to use his personal popularity to appeal to Congress by mob appeal instead of rational analysis created a massive and counterproductive sideshow that would have weakened Cruz’s analytical approach even if the riot itself had not taken place.

      The riot itself blew the entire thing up in Cruz’s face. It didn’t just destroy all the work he had done, it pushed members of Congress who might possibly have been swayed by Cruz’s arguments, plus everyone else, into a knee-jerk virtue signaling spasm of certification for demonstrably false vote counts. I’m furious at Trump and those idiots and I don’t blame Cruz for being even more so. What is always ignored is the fact that this demonstration is probably responsible for us now having a President Biden. Trump had to have the spotlight on him, he had to make it all about him instead of the mechanics of the election, he had to flaunt his popularity and he screwed the whole thing up.

      If he had just STFU and let Cruz do HIS thing, there is a good chance the direction of the election outcome would have changed, because Cruz is brilliant, he is respected in Congress even by those who don’t like him, he is an accomplished litigator and he had a chance to literally change the political arc of the nation. And Donald Trump’s ego and a few thousand fan club members blew it all to hell in one afternoon.

      That protest was one of the stupidest moves ever made by an allegedly intelligent man. It not only forced Congress to prove it was not influenced by the mob, it handed the Left a huge basket full of optics, story lines and attack material. So I don’t blame Cruz for being even more upset about it than I am. I just wish he wouldn’t hand the Left more ammunition.

    • Amazona January 7, 2022 / 12:43 pm

      This is the way of all politicians. Authoritarian power is what they want and what the seek.

      Ah, yes, more platitudes that are supposed to represent actual thought and analysis. No matter that these comments from Ted Cruz can’t possibly lead to him gaining power.

  3. Cluster January 7, 2022 / 9:45 am

    So Tucker held Cruz’s feet to the fire last night over that comment and Cruz did his best to explain it away but the fact is, Cruz was busted by trying to appease the Marxists. More of this needs to happen, we need to call out every weak conservative when they feel compelled to comply to authoritarians. We DO NOT comply. We are freedom loving, God fearing Americans who will never cower or be shamed by the meaningless rhetoric of ignorant Marxist children. I simply don’t give a F**K what they think of me, or anything. They will either shut the F**K up and sit down, or there will be war. Period. And that’s what they need to understand. Marxist Democrats are too use to weak conservatives like Cheney, Bush, Romney, McCain, Ryan, etc., etc.


  4. Cluster January 7, 2022 / 9:49 am

    And what did I tell you folks? Jan. 6 is just Russia Collusion part 2. They even use the same language

    ‘Even he must be feeling the walls close in’: Mary Trump claims her uncle Donald will be feeling pressure from the January 6 committee after Liz Cheney said they are not ruling out the possibility that they will conclude he committed a crime

    “The walls are closing in” – this is a great example of how bone deep stupid progressive are. They believe in nothing therefore they fall for everything.

  5. Cluster January 7, 2022 / 9:52 am

    And one last thing about Jan 6. Shouldn’t Republicans be questioning Pelosi on why she failed to protect the Capital?? That is her job, of course she does fail at everything she does but yet no one has even questioned this. She knew there was going to be a large rally yet did nothing.

    Secondly, shouldn’t we be worried that the Capital police were “overwhelmed” by a bunch of unarmed 50 year olds???

    • Amazona January 7, 2022 / 2:15 pm

      You have a very good start on the questions that should be asked, but are not.

      On January 5 of last year I heard an interview with an older Southern Senator who said he had developed friendships with many of the Capitol police over the years and had been told they had been warned of violent infiltrators in the Trump supporter crowds. The FBI warned of this. Trump had been warned. Yet no appeal for additional security was approved by Pelosi.

      We should be able to be confident that the professional rioters in other cities had been infiltrated by the FBI and other agencies. (If they weren’t, those agencies should be disbanded for incompetence,). So this leads us to an assumption that the Jan 6 event would have been heavily infiltrated by those who had wormed their way into the riot groups in other cities plus new infiltrators just for this event. So that leads us to two big questions: (1) did any of these LEO infiltrators incite or start any violence themselves and (2) why can’t they identify the people in the violent groups they infiltrated or joined up with. They are meeting with these people, colluding with these people—no recordings, no surreptitious photos, not even any notes?

      Has anyone tracked down the several people who said they had information that the infiltrators would be identified to each other by wearing MAGA hats backwards and wearing camo? Because when someone points out backwards MAGA hats on people wearing camo as indications of outside infiltrators this is loudly and instantly dismissed as nonsense. In two different videos I saw people turning their hats around, in one case changing to a different hat and in one video a jacket was switched for another one. I don’t have the resources to keep track of these videos or the frames with this kind of information—-are we to assume the FBI doesn’t, either?

      How many photos of rioters in other cities have been cross-referenced with photos of Jan 6 rioters? Even if they are not identified by name, certainly being identified as Antifa-type agitators in multiple cities and then part of violence in DC ought to get SOMEONE’S attention. It’s been a year. Crickets…….

      Ray Epps and everyone he was seen interacting with. Questions, please. Answers, please.

      • Amazona January 8, 2022 / 12:21 pm

        Speaking of changing clothes at the rally…

  6. Amazona January 8, 2022 / 4:52 pm

    You must watch this. Trust me. You’ll thank me

  7. jdge1 January 9, 2022 / 1:18 am

    The average number of adverse event reports following vaccination for the past 10 years has been about 39,000 annually, with an average of 155 deaths. As of December 31, 2021, the CDC and the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System reported a staggering 1,017,001 events for the COVID jabs. The CDC/VAERS data also indicated an unbelievable 23,048 deaths from the Covid-19 vaccines at this same point. This is a typical weekly increase of 1.9% from the previous week’s report of 22,622. Further, the CDC reported 38,219 permanent disabilities have been caused by the COVID jabs. This is an increase of 3.1% from the previous week. They also indicate that a total of 25,529 life threatening events have occurred from these gene therapy “vaccines”. None of this includes the underreporting factor, which we know is significant.

    1.) That there are approximately 39,000 adverse events for vaccines other than the COVID job on an annual basis seems significant in and of itself.

    2.) If we continue to see weekly deaths increase by 1.9%, then we should expect VAERS to report over 60,000 deaths from the jab (I refuse to call it a vaccine) by the end of 2022.

    3.) Similarly, at a weekly rate increase of 3.1%, we could expect to see about 187,000 permanent disabilities by December 31, 2022..

    4.) There a several of excellent articles detailing just how and why the VAERS system is underreporting by a factor of 30 – 100. One such report by Steve Kirsch gives a very conservative estimate of 41x which would suggest there are likely over 944,000 total deaths (41 x 23,048) due to the jab. With the deaths reported in the US at 11,221 during this time frame, using the 41x estimate would suggest over 468,000 deaths directly attributed to the jab. Even the CDC recently published a paper that admits VAERS is underreported by at least 6.5x. Of course traditional media will never report this.

    You Cannot Comply Your Way Out of Tyranny.


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